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India: Statue of Mary set on fire in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Feb 8, 2019, Asia news

A statue of the Virgin Mary was set on fire in Madhya Pradesh, in the village of Ishgar, which falls under the diocese of Jhabua. Sajan K George says that the fire "took place on 3 February last. The statue of Mary was found burnt in the grotto of the parish of St. Joseph, about 10 km away from the archbishop's house". The Christian community, he adds, "is very disturbed and its religious sentiment is deeply wounded".......

Hindu Extremists Pressure Convert to File False Charge of conversion against Pastor.

Feb 7, Asia News

A pastor is facing criminal charges in northern India even though the complainant later denied allegations against the church leader of luring him to convert, sources said. Police in Rupaidiha village, Uttar Pradesh state on Jan. 28 arrested 40-year-old pastor Dharmendra Singh on a charge of “alluring to convert” and two related charges – outraging religious feelings and promoting enmity.. .....

Legal Struggle of Doctor Reflects Wider Harassment of Christians in India by Modi's Hindu rightwing government.

Feb 7 Morningstar News

Hindu extremist government reminded that practicing one’s faith is not unlawful.Emergency medicine doctor Christo Thomas Philip was returning with his family to his native India from a medical conference in Greece when immigration officials at Delhi’s Indira Ghandi International Airport took him into custody. His deportation from India on that  ...

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98 Christians forced to undergo reconversion to Hinduism in the northeastern state of Tripura

Jan 28 Christian Today

At least 98 Christians belonging to 23 tribal families have been "reconverted" to Hinduism in Tripura on Jan. 20, a far-right Hindu group The Hindu Jargan Manch claimed. Uttam Dey, president of the outfit said that, mostly those migrant workers from Bihar and Jharkhand, were converted to Christianity in 2010. "It is as if the lost family members had returned home," Dey added, according to Hindustan Times. The mass conversion ceremony was sponsored by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP)......

A Catholic priest was arrested on Jan. 15 on charges over the suicide of a teenage girl in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Jan 28, Christian today

Fr Prakash Damor of Jhabua Diocese was arrested more than a week after the schoolgirl was found hanging at her village home in Ranapur in MP, leaving a suicide note saying the 33-year-old priest forced her to change religion and marry him. Fr Rocky Shah, Diocesan spokesman told ucanews.com that the church officials believe the priest was framed and arrested for no fault of his own. "He will be exonerated in a court of law," he said. The non-Chrisitan teenage girl belongs to indigenous ..."

A Hindu rightwing Magazine asks India to derecognize Vatican

Feb 7, Matters India

An Indian magazine has asked the federal Indian government to derecognize the Vatican as a state. Church’s political interference should make Indian government sit up and formally take note, says an article swarajyamag.com published on February 4.
The Indian government “must either issue a cease and desist demarche to the Vatican’s representative in Delhi, or derecognize the Vatican as a state altogether” says the article.
Christians “came out to speak up against. ...

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'Four Christians arrested on false charges of forced conversions in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradeh.

Jan 7, India News

Police in the state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) arrested and then released four Christians, Mr. Sonu Kumar, Mr. Rakesh Maurya, Mr. Satnam and Mr. Shribaghwan, on charges of forced conversions. They were detained in Kasimaba village of Ghazipur district in UP. Mr. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), denounced "the detention". He said, though the incident occurred a few days ago, it came to light only today......

Christians Hospitalized after Terrifying Christmas Attacks in.

Dec 31 Morningstar news

Christians in India who previously experienced little or no opposition reported that Hindu extremists stoned, slashed and terrorized them this Christmas season. At least 18 incidents against Christians were reported and verified during the Christmas season, according to the Religious Liberty Commission (RLC) of the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI). Of those incidents, 10 were reported from Uttar Pradesh state, three from Uttarakhand state, three from Tamil Nadu state and two from. ......

Hindu Extremists Threaten Children at Sunday School in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Dec 26, Christian Today

A mob of some 300 Hindu extremists on Nov. 11 barged into the school in Amathur village, Virudhunagar District, and demanded Pastor Selva Raj who was leading a worship service to vacate the building immediately. The mob destroyed a shed in front of the building and began threatening the Sunday school children in foul language, said Raj.
"They took away the Bible storybooks and some song and activity books from the children and tore them into pieces," he told Morning Star News....

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Christian Gathering Attacked Ahead of Christmas in Maharashtra state, 12 Injured.

Dec 26 Christian Today

15 to 20 people barged into the New Life Church in Kowad village and attacked about 40 people who were offering prayers on Sunday afternoon. The attackers were carrying knives, empty beer bottles, swords and iron rods. More than 10 people were injured in the attack. One of the victims named Tanaji Patil said that the attackers also vandalized vehicles in the village. Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson Nawab Malik said, "The cops are claiming the involvement of (Hindu) right wing."....

Christians in India Seek Police Protection during Christmas

Dec 25 Christian Today

Christians in India have sought police protection during Christmas amid fear of attacks by hard-line Hindu militants.
In a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Dec. 14, the ecumenical Christian group Persecution Relief requested deployment of police personnel at Christian churches and institutions across the country and backed it up with a list of violent attacks during past Christmas seasons.
"There is high tension, unrest and a sense of deep insecurity among....

Christian gathering attacked during Sunday prayers in Maharashtra

Dec 25 Matters India

The 40-strong congregation attending the Sunday service was attacked with swords, iron rods and the bottles at the New Life Fellowship Church in Kolhapur’s Kowad, around 474km from Mumbai and close to the Karnataka border.
Eight of the injured were admitted to two hospitals in Karnataka’s Belgaum, around 20km away from the attack site. Four are still admitted in the intensive care unit. Sachin Baghde, 20, had a clot removed from his brain on Monday ....

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300 Hindu radicals terrorize Christian children at Sunday school, threaten to beat them.

Dec 21 Christian Post

A pastor in India said a mob of 300 Hindu extremists terrorized Christian children and threatened to beat them for attending a Sunday school class he was leading. Pastor Selva Raj of Amathur village in India’s Tamil Nadu state told Morning Star News that the attack happened on Nov. 11. The mob of 300 or so radicals destroyed a shed near the worship building before descending upon children in a Sunday school class.
“They took away the Bible storybooks and some....

Statue of the Virgin desecrated in the state of Assam: two people arrested.

Dec 17 Asia News

Assam police have arrested two people suspected of having participated in acts of vandalism on the Catholic church of St. Thomas and the cave of Our Lady in the village of Chapatoli, near Dulianjan.


In another incident, a group of 16 "Christmas carolers" assaulted in Tamil Nadu by a crowd of 150 people.  The crowd did not want Christmas hymns to be performed...

Protestant clergyman arrested and then released in Bihar for screening film about Jesus

Dec 12 Asia News

A Protestant pastor, Rev Sojan, was arrested last Saturday in Bakhtiyarpur, a village in Patna District (Bihar), for screening Yeshu Masih (Jesus Christ), a film about the life of Jesus. The incident shows that tensions between Hindu radicals and Christians are far from ending. Villagers tried to stop the clergyman from showing the film and wanted him out of the village. the GCIC activist said. When he came back the next day he was accused of forced conversion, ....

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Indian Christians heave sighs of relief as Hindu nationalists lose elections in key states.

Dec 12, Worldwatch Monitor

Christians can heave sighs of relief as the ruling Hindu nationalist BJP has been thrown out of power in three key states in central India that have reported dozens of incidents of anti-Christian violence and harassment.
The BJP, which had enjoyed unstinted power in two of the states – Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh – for 15 years, winning three consecutive elections in both, was unseated when  .....

Mob of 150 Radicals Crackdown Church Service in Kanpur.

Dec 8, Christian Today

The attackers forced themselves into a private hall in the KDA Colony of Kanpur, disrupting Pr A. B. Singh's Sunday service and threatening the worshippers, persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reported (ICC).
Singh's wife, Kalpana Singh, was manhandled and beaten by members of the mob when she tried to protect her husband. Also, other women in the church were attacked. ....

India Among 5 Nations Where Religious Freedom At Risk.

Dec 8, 2018. Christian Today

India has been listed among the five countries where religious freedom at risk, says an official report.
Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic NGO, has found incidents of religious persecution in 21 countries in two years to June 2018, including Niger, Myanmar, India and China.
Religious freedom is under threat in one of every five countries around the globe, said the report.

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